Harold Ramis, actor, writer and director, dead at 69
CHICAGO

Harold Ramis, actor, writer and director, dead at 69

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. Ramis died early Monday morning after a long illness, according to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis. He was 69.
 
'Lego' nears $200M as it retains No. 1 spot
LOS ANGELES

'Lego' nears $200M as it retains No. 1 spot

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Action-packed new releases couldn’t stack up to 3D hit “The Lego Movie,” which took the No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the box office.
 
‘The Past’ a bit long but packed with surprises

‘The Past’ a bit long but packed with surprises

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
“The Past” is a deliciously soapy French romantic mystery. It’s about divorce and the rippling waves of pain caused by it and the affair that precipitated it. And the more we learn about who did what to whom and when, the more intriguing it becomes.
 
Stunning images, regret in modern Italy captured in 'Great Beauty'

Stunning images, regret in modern Italy captured in 'Great Beauty'

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
As its name promises, “The Great Beauty” is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino’s mind, a lot more.
 
‘Pompeii’ not high art or flawless history, but it’s not half bad

‘Pompeii’ not high art or flawless history, but it’s not half bad

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
With "Pompeii," director Pual W.S. Anderson has delivered a genuine spectacle, a gladiator movie with a volcano in the middle of it. “Pompeii” isn’t anybody’s idea of high art or flawless history, but it's not half bad.
 
‘In Secret’ a tale of lust, love, murder and guilt

‘In Secret’ a tale of lust, love, murder and guilt

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
"In Secret," set in 1860s France, has an illicit love affair, a murder and the guilt and fear of discovery that comes with it.
 
Madcap mayhem of '3 Days' over the top, but Costner is cool

Madcap mayhem of '3 Days' over the top, but Costner is cool

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Daft and sloppy as it is, the comedy-infused thriller “3 Days to Kill,” starring Kevin Costner, rarely fails to entertain.
 
New films can't contend with 'Lego Movie'
LOS ANGELES

New films can't contend with 'Lego Movie'

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
“The Lego Movie” built a huge lead on top of the weekend’s new releases at the box office.
 
Love and magic lost in cold 'Winter's Tale'

Love and magic lost in cold 'Winter's Tale'

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Like the frozen expanses of its most dramatic settings, “Winter’s Tale“ is mostly hard, glittering surface. Colin Farrell as Peter Lake, a tortured time traveler straddling two lives a century apart in New York City, brings the only performance warm enough to penetrate it.
 
School for suckers has funny moments

School for suckers has funny moments

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
"Vampire Academy" is a self-aware horror/action comedy, first in a possible franchise (sigh) based on Richelle Mead’s books, that sits somewhere on the border between “Twilight,” “Harry Potter” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
 

Dark comedy, drama top live-action Oscar shorts

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Two great reasons to see “The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action” — one dark and funny and wickedly existential, the other a nail-biter of a domestic drama, filled with dread.
 
Remade romance is watered-down story

Remade romance is watered-down story

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Kids, this is not your parents’ “Endless Love.” Scott Spencer’s novel of a romantic obsession so strong that it flirts with mental illness has had its sharp edges rubbed off and its dramatic weight lifted.
 
Creeping solitude shadows last-chance love in 'Gloria'

Creeping solitude shadows last-chance love in 'Gloria'

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
“Gloria” has a palpable loneliness about it Not a lot happens in this closely observed character study, but few recent movies have dared to show this stage of life — the creeping solitude that memories of your disco past cannot fend off.
 
Hart, Hall steal the show in ‘About Last Night’ remake

Hart, Hall steal the show in ‘About Last Night’ remake

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Similar to the way Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher stole the show with their bizarre romance in “Wedding Crashers” as a dysfunctional, lusty pair, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall are the best part of "About Last Night."
 
‘RoboCop’ full of action, but social message less crisp

‘RoboCop’ full of action, but social message less crisp

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
The reboot of “RoboCop” uses the basic blueprint from the 1987 movie starring Peter Weller. It’s been modified and updated to create a sleeker design, but it is not as intellectually cutting-edge.
 
 

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